Basic Cantonese: A Grammar and Workbook (Grammar Workbooks) by Virginia Yip

By Virginia Yip

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1 Answer the questions affirmatively or negatively as indicated. Add the particle a for politeness. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Léih chìh dou àh? Léih héi-jó-s&&n làh? Léih behng-jó àh? Kéuih jáu-jó m%%? Léih gin-gwo ngóh m%%? Kéuih s((k léih ge m%%? Kéuih fan-jó làh? Kéuih y&&us((k-gán àh? Kéuih hóu guih àh? )i-gán wúi àh? Máh gaausauh h) 11 12 Léih mh ` s((k kéuih m%%? *ng àh? Léih msái f&&an g* Are you late? (answer: no) Have you woken up? (yes) Are you sick? (no) Has he left? (yes) Have you seen me before?

I with him familiar) (not *Ngóh tùhng kéuih haih hóu suhk) Unit 7 33 haih showing agreement haih also serves to indicate agreement and as an answer to certain types of question, haih meaning ‘yes’ and its negative form mhaih ‘no’: A: Hóu gwai wo B: Haih a It’s very expensive Yes, it is A: Léih j&nhaih seun m%? B: Mhaih a Do you really believe it? No, I don’t haih should not be taken simply as a counterpart to ‘yes’, however, since: (i) haih can indicate agreement with a negative sentence: A: Léih m ` h seun àh?

Inside have or have not anything to eat) Is there anything to eat inside? Unit 6 29 Note that there is no need to distinguish infinitives from the regular form of the verb. yáuh as auxiliary yáuh also serves as an auxiliary verb, rather like ‘have’ in English ‘They have left’, but normally only in the negative form móuh and in questions as yáuh-móuh: *ng He hasn’t been to work today Kéuih g&&myaht móuh f&&an-g* Ngóh móuh jouh-gwo s((ns&&ang I’ve never been a teacher *n *k a? A: Kéuihdeih yáuh-móuh b* *n-jó la) B: Yáuh a (b* *h-móuh hohk-gwo A: Léih yá* *ng-wá a?

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